Connect tape to VM, target issue

We have a tape on vmhba2:C0:T7:L0
 
As per the below KB i should add the tape device to the VM by selecting the Virtual Device Node that matches the target specified above (7). However when I go to add an SCSI device to the VM 7 is unavailable.Surely I should choose 2:7?

See attached images.
 
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1016407

What am I missing?
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eppsAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Adding Tape Devices to VMware ESXi is not supported.

What version of ESXi are you using ?
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eppsAuthor Commented:
Sorry, 5.1
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, connecting tape drives to ESXi is not supported.

Quantum and Symantec recommend adding a SCSI HBA card, and then passing this through using VM Direct Path I/O to the VM.

see here

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1016407
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eppsAuthor Commented:
This is attached via a scsi hba.

Any idea why I cant choose 2:7 under the VM?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Not supported.
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eppsAuthor Commented:
Regardless I should still be able to add 2:7 right or am I miss understanding the naming convention.
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gheistCommented:
You should be able to pass through PCI(E) SCSI card to VM. That is supported.
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eppsAuthor Commented:
Still dont understand why I cant add this as 2:7 regardless of device type.
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gheistCommented:
You cannot add it at all. You can add passthrough PCI(e) SCSI adapter over ESXi reboot (as opposed to SCSI BUS or SCSI device) only.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would recommend, you stop this unsupported activity, and implement a recommended and best practice configuration by Vendors.
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gheistCommented:
Even if direct path IO is not supported there are workarounds... (namely iSCSI)
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eppsAuthor Commented:
I can add it. Its installed the VM. The question is why does it not allow me to choose 2:7 when the device has a runtime of vmhba2:C0:T7:L0
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gheistCommented:
Because it is pǝʇɹoddnsun
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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